The program will be hybrid, with both in-person and online through Zoom.
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IN PERSON LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, 7810 Walker Drive, Greenbelt, Maryland, 20770.
7:00 PM Monthly Members Meet Open Discussion
7:30 PM WESLEY KNAPP, Botanist, North Carolina Department of Conservation & Recreation. Vascular Plants of Maryland: A Comprehensive Account of the State's Biodiversity
8:45 PM Program Ends
Plants form the foundation for most life on earth, yet the flora of most states and provinces is poorly known. Despite having a relatively long historical exploration period, the flora of Maryland is no exception. Knowing what species occur in the state can help inform conservation decisions and ultimately help prevent extirpation and extinction events. Vascular Plants of Maryland, USA: A Comprehensive Account of the State’s Botanical Diversity, a free book through Smithsonian Scholarly Press, provides the first complete, vouchered account of Maryland’s vascular flora. In total, Wesley Knapp and Rob Naczi (Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany, New York Botanical Garden) discuss 3,525 taxa and document 2,918 established taxa for the state of Maryland, 71.8% of which are native and 28.2% of which are introduced. Of the native species, 737 (25.3%) are tracked by the Maryland Natural Heritage Program as of conservation concern. A total of 324 taxa are reported from Maryland by previous authors but are formally excluded. Justifications for these exclusions are given in detail.
Our speaker, Wesley M. Knapp, is the Mountains Ecologist & Botanist with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. Previously, he was the Eastern Region Ecologist for the Maryland Natural Heritage Program where he was employed for 15-years. His research interests included documenting and preventing plant extinction events and describing undescribed plant species. His current taxonomic research includes Asarum, Blephilia, Carex, Juncus, and Trillium. He is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research associate with the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
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